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Huddled Masses Panel Discussion on the Imprisoned Women and Children

On Monday, Nov. 13th two panelists from Chicago’s Huddled Masses Advocacy women group went to speak at a panel at Carthage College in Kenosha, IL. Panel consisted of three panelists, two of whom were Ayse Nur, a lawyer from Turkey and Rana Yurtsever, Associate Director of Niagara Foundation. The third speaker was the college’s Gender and Women Studies Department Head.

Yurtsever set the context of the discussion by briefly speaking about the coup attempt, the persecutions and profiles of 3 women all persecuted with different cases. Then she spoke about the imprisoned children and called the audience to action. Ayse Nur, then, told her story of fleeing Turkey as a result of her persecution.

The panel was attended by the university’s provost as well as 15 professors all from different departments of the school. Following the panel discussion, Ayse Nur and Yurtsever were hosted at a dinner at the President’s Office alongside 6 department heads and spoke in more detail about the persecutions in Turkey.

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